Samsung: WF210AN 27'' Front-Load Washer with 4.0 cu. ft. Capacity, 6 Wash Cycles, 3 Wash Options, VRT Plus Vibration Reduction Technology and Color LED Display Review
(More customer reviews)My circa mid-70s top load Maytag which had never seen a repair call began crashing during the spin cycle; apparently what keeps the tub stabilized had worn beyond tolerances or whatever sensed imbalance was going bad. Besides, its 1100 kWh thirst and reliance on about 40 gallons of hot or warm water for a clean wash was starting to work on my green guilt.
After about a month of research, a local big-box store killer sale price with a 24 month no interest payoff got me this new Samsung WF210 three months ago. At 130 kWh and sipping just a few gallons of cold water I might expect it to pay for itself in short order - relative to appliance ownership timelines, of course.
Not paying any attention to this class of appliance for so long, I was quite surprised by the technology. They're not just tubs of sloshing water anymore. Compared to the three push buttons and timer dial of the Maytag, the Samsung's cycle options seem endless. I am amazed that my dirtiest laundry comes out sparkling clean with a cold water HE detergent and no other additives. My washing machine has a microprocessor with firmware Samsung code named... Big Bang! Seriously. Ironic in that this thing is so, so quiet.
I have only two gripes (see my two customer images, too):
First: the slide-out detergent/additive drawer provides a dinky two square inch access for pouring in liquid bleach.
Second: down on the bottom there's a filter that needs (fortunately) periodic maintenance. To remove it, 20 ounces (!) of water must first be siphoned out through a dinky little hose only 1" above the floor. The only way to place a receptacle for that is to the left of the drop down door and if that side of the washer is against a wall (as is mine) that leaves a whole FOUR INCHES of room. Clearly, this draining routine was designed with the accessory pedestal in mind. That's not an option for me, so my procedure is to remove the door and collect the water in an 8" frying pan.
The WF210 has otherwise moved my laundryness into the 21st Century when once my ancestors beat their loincloths against a rock in a cold stream. I have made them proud, no doubt.
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Samsung: WF210AN 27'' Front-Load Washer with 4.0 cu. ft. Capacity, 6 Wash Cycles, 3 Wash Options, VRT Plus Vibration Reduction Technology and Color LED Display